Samick Journey Review – a Recurve Bow Inspection


LengthBow WeightDraw WeightTakedown?
Samick Journey

Samick Journey

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64 inches3.4 lbs

How to: choose arrows, draw weight, and tune your recurve
30 to 60 lbs.Yes

- Same riser as Samick Sage, allowing for easy upgrades
- Single tapered knob for takedown
- Beautiful design
- No bow stringer included
- Ships with standard B-50 string instead of Flemish string
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What Comes with the Bow?

Hi there, and welcome to my review of the Samick Journey. The Journey is based on the venerable Samick Sage’s riser, with limbs geared towards beginner archers. It makes for a great beginner’s bow or backup bow for traveling hunters. Each package delivered by Samick includes the following items:

  • The Samick Journey Bow
  • B-50 Dacron Bow String
  • Assembly Hardware
  • Owner’s Manual
  • Warranty card

Putting It Together

Samick Journey2Assembly of the Samick Journey is simple and straightforward, but it would be nice if Samick would have included a bow stringer with the bow. After all, stringing a bow without a bow stringer voids your warranty, so you’d think the stringer would come with it. It doesn’t, though, so make sure you purchase a bow stringer when you buy your bow, unless you already have a stringer.

The limbs attach to this takedown recurve by way of single tapered knobs on each limb, so you don’t even need an Allen wrench to attach or detach the limbs. The arrow rest, if you want to use it, attaches easily to the bow. I had my Journey ready for action within 10 minutes.

Is This Bow Powerful and Accurate?

As I was sighting in, I noticed that the Journey is very accurate and hard hitting. The power of the bow, of course, depends on your draw weight. I am writing about a Journey with a 55# draw weight, and the bow is more than powerful enough to tackle any big game that is legal for hunting in North America.

Once I had my bow sighted in, I tested the accuracy of the bow. The Journey is very easy to shoot well, and I was laying down 1” groupings from 30 yards with ease. From 45 yards, my groupings fell well within the inch and a half mark, and I could maintain 2” groupings from 60 yards.

Is The Samick Journey Suitable For Hunting?

This bow is lightweight, and it is a takedown bow. The 64” bow length is great for trekking through the woods or underbrush, and the bow is available in draw weights that are perfect for hunters. I was able to take down a 12-point buck with my Samick Journey on my latest hunting excursion with the bow. Since it takes down easily, you can readily transport this bow anywhere you are going to hunt, even if you need to fly across the country.

How Good Is This Bow For Beginners?

journey3The Journey is designed with beginners in mind, and it serves that purpose well. The bow is well-crafted, easy to hold, and is very forgiving of poor stance and technique. During my months of using the bow and then storing it (unstrung, of course), there were no problems with limb twist or warping. What’s really nice for younger beginners is that as they grow, you can swap out the limbs for Samick Sage limbs for a longer bow length without buying an entirely new bow.

Does This Recurve Accept Accessories?

This bow includes the bushings you need for a sight, stabilizer, and Berger button pre-installed on the bow, so it is readily customizable to your own personal shooting style. I usually prefer instinctive shooting, but I appreciate a good bow that keeps in mind the accessories that help with the sport of archery.

Arrows For The Samick Journey

You can use whatever arrows suit your own personal preferences with the Samick Journey. I recognize that everyone has their own unique shooting and hunting preferences, and would suggest you check out our excellent guide to arrow selection if you want to get some guidance on what to pick for your own shooting needs.

Is This Bow Comfortable To Hold?

Samick uses the same riser on the Journey as they do on the Sage, and this riser makes the bow exceptionally comfortable to hold. The limbs are top quality limbs, without a hint of vibration or hand shock when firing, so you should be able to shoot the Journey for hours without any fatigue or hand cramping.

Materials And Durability (Riser, Limbs)

Samick JourneyThe riser is made from laminated Olive Dymondwood and Hard Maple for excellent durability and balance in the field. The limbs are a Hard Maple core surrounded by black fiberglass. The bow features excellent workmanship, and as I noted earlier, shoots and stores for months without a hint of limb twist or warping.


What String Fits The Samick Journey?

The Journey ships with a Dacron B-50 bow string, but the limb tips are reinforced for use with Flemish or other FastFlight strings. This 64” takedown recurve accepts any 60” bow strings you want to throw at it, so take your pick.

Is The Journey a Heavy Bow?

At a mere 3.4 pounds, the Journey is lightweight and easy to hold, shoot, and even transport. You won’t feel burdened at all when you’re carrying this bow around the archery range or the hunting grounds!

How Loud Is the Bow?

I shot the Samick Journey for hours on end, and was amazed by how quietly the bow performs. It is truly a treat to shoot this bow, both on your hands and arms and on your eyes. For the price of the bow, you will not be likely to find a quieter bow.

Recurve Bow Review – Summary

Thanks for reading our bow review of the Samick Journey. This is an excellent bow based on the Samick Sage, and it shoots both accurately and quietly. The use of the same riser as the Sage means that you can use either Journey limbs or Sage limbs with the bow, to adjust the bow to your own preferences in bow length and strength as you grow. Take a look at Today's price on the Samick Journey if you’re interested.


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  1. I have a draw length or 30-31 inches, should i get the Sage or Journey in your opinion? I see you said that you can replace the limbs with the Sage limbs but wouldn’t that shorten the draw length? Also, are string silencers necessary or would they at least benifet the bow or is it already as quiet as it’ll get? Thank you for replying.

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